We are almost finished our ‘Top 25 Scripture Passages’ that we’ve been memorizing week by week! As a church we started the year discerning how we can “Seek the Lord”, as a church and as His people. Seeking the Lord is intentional, deliberate and means spending time with God: in prayer, in community and in His Word. Week by week, we have been memorizing well-loved verses in Scripture; verses that reveal God’s character and emphasize His promises.
Last week’s memory verse was 1 Corinthians 16:13
John Greenleaf Whittier was a Christian poet who lived in New England during the 19th century. He was an outspoken advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States. The following is his poem of encouragement “Don’t Quit”:
“When things go wrong as they sometimes will, When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill, When the funds are low and the debts are high And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit, Rest, if you must, but don’t quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns, As everyone of us sometimes learns, And many a failure turns about When he might have won had he stuck it out, Don’t give up though the pace seems slow, You may succeed with another blow. Success is failure turned inside out, The silver tint of the clouds of doubt, And you never can tell how close you are, It may be near when it seems so far, So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit. For all the sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: ‘It might have been!’”
No matter what life may throw your way, don’t quit looking to our Lord for your strength. Today in prayer, thank Jesus that in Him you can stand in faith and never be shaken.
“The secret of strong and healthy faith is constant cultivation of the presence of God in Christ in the life. Center your attention – your affection on Him – faith comes along without any difficulty. Think of God – not faith!” – Richard C. Halverson
I want to finish with one more quote from God’s Word: “For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord.” – 1 Thessalonians 3:8
And now, I present to you, our final memory verse: Matthew 11:28
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”.